ALAN Pardew has moved to draw a line under Newcastle United’s fourth successive derby defeat ahead of the club’s visit to Old Trafford.
A late goal from Adam Johnson saw Sunderland win 1-0 at St James’s Park on Sunday.
The result led to an angry backlash from supporters on Tyneside.
Newcastle manager Pardew, however, refused to dwell on the game today when he addressed the media ahead of the Boxing Day fixture against Manchester United.
“We have to move on – it’s as simple as that,” said Pardew.
“We can’t dwell on it. It was a performance that was pretty good, but it wasn’t enough.”
Asked what message he had to his players, he added: “I’ve just kept them away from the training ground.
“They have come in today, and we will have a warm-down today, so I haven’t really seen them, to be honest.”
Pardew admitted after the derby that his team had “over-committed” players in Sunderland’s half as they chased a victory.
Gus Poyet’s side caught them on the break in the 90th minute after defending a corner.
“We have good spirit and character in the squad,” said Pardew.
“In terms of how we lost the game, if we were going to lose a game, I’d rather we lost it like that.
“We tried to win it, and that ambition won’t leave this team because we have a good spirit and we never give in.
“That’s been in evidence since Southampton really.”